Great news!! From a press release:

“Building on a partnership that started in 2007, Artomatic will return to Crystal City
to host a signature event in the spring of 2017. We anticipate attracting a large and diverse crowd showcasing a variety of creative work, including visual art, music, film, live performance, fashion, and more.

Look for more information about the next Artomatic in January when we kick off the New Year with a spring event in Crystal City!

Come on out and join us for Meet the Artists Night – Part 2 on Saturday, December 3 from 7pm until midnight.

The first one was so successful that we decided to do it again! Tell your friends, family, and anyone else who loves art to join us for this special evening.

Mission (more…)

Original DC location at 3607 Georgia Ave, NW courtesy EatsPlace

From a press release:

“EatsPlace is Growing

WHAT: EatsPlace Cafe and Market Opening Second Location
WHERE: Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
WHEN: Winter 2016
COST: $3-20 price range

After two years of serving our members and community in our Washington, D.C. location, EatsPlace is happy to announce our expansion to a second location in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, at the historic Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Old Town Alexandria is the perfect destination for EatsPlace’s second location, with continuation of focusing on the best local foods and the vintage schoolhouse look of the original. The EatsPlace Cafe and Market at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is a quick-serve concept of eclectic sandwiches with entree salads and soups. It’s a mix of healthy and decadent, which will include kimchi grilled cheese and an Asian fermented foods board. The casual spot’s all-day menu also includes open faced tarts and cheese and charcuterie. The cafe will serve beer and wine. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user L. Shanley

A good opportunity to check out that Silver Line we’ve been hearing so much about…

HeatTech for everyone!!

UNIQLO Tysons Corner opens tomorrow at 10am:

“Come join us as we celebrate the opening of the UNIQLO Tysons Corner Center store!


Giveaways and special promotions will be available for the entire weekend.

Line up – The first 100 guests on 10/28-10/30 will receive a mystery gift card, valued up to $100 (more…)

via craigslist

This is quite the Craiglsist ad:

“I am selling a 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit that has been completely modified inside and out by a professional custom auto shop. The vehicle has been in several big time magazines as well as won hundreds of car shows. I have about $70,000.00 invested in the car so please keep all offers to yourself. Please only contact me if you are 100% interested and you have the funds approved and ready. Please see attached pictures for details on work that has been done.”

From a press release:

“Farm Aid announced today that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., with tickets on sale to the public on Monday, June 27.

“Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown—they’re hungry for the truth,” said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson. “Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water, and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers.”

Farm Aid 2016, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter and Insects vs Robots. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday I went into Killer ESP in Alexandria for a latte, and it was very crowded. I waited a while to order and then again a long time to get my coffee. Finally, they called my name, I picked up my cup (with my name on it) and headed out. After a few sips, I realized it was not the latte I’d ordered but a cafe au lait. (Later noticed under the sleeve that it said au lait.) Not a huge deal, so I went about my day. Then, because they use Square, I got an email asking about my experience. I gave them my feedback and received the rudest customer service responses I have ever had. Here’s the actual live chain of comments… 


Photo by PoPville flickr user KingoftheHill.


“Trains service being restored, with single tracking, between Rosslyn & Ballston. Station personnel notifying customers. 11:19a #wmata”


“Orange/Silver Line: No train service btwn Rosslyn & Ballston due to fire department activity outside Clarendon. Bus service available.”

“#wmata personnel & FD continuing investigation at Clarendon. Train service remains suspended between Rosslyn-Ballston, shuttles avail 10:37a”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joseph Gruber

“Dear PoPville,

We’re getting married in VA and want to use a friend to marry us; she is not ordained and we were originally thinking to take the approach of the online ordination. That seems to be clearly prohibited by VA due to recent court decisions in the last 5 years. So our question is just ot see if anyone has any luck figuring this out so that a friend could facilitate the ceremony.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

From a press release:

“Washington, D.C. chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella announces Isabella Eatery, an unprecedented restaurant project at Tysons Galleria set to open in summer 2017. Mike Isabella Concepts (MIC) will take over the space at 2001 International Dr. in McLean, Va, becoming the sole proprietor of the 41,000-square-foot dining complex that occupies a portion of the upscale Northern Virginia mall’s third floor. Made up of nine distinct eateries and a cocktail bar, Isabella Eatery will include returning Mike Isabella Concepts favorites, like Yona and Pepita, as well as brand-new concepts such as a gourmet coffee shop and a classic ice cream parlor. Unlike many other chef-driven projects in commercial spaces, Isabella will not be operating through a management agreement, but will instead be opening as a lease holder.

“This is by far the biggest project we’ve ever taken on,” Isabella said, “But I think we are uniquely positioned to succeed here. All our great Mike Isabella Concepts chefs are on board and bringing their individual perspectives and flavors to Isabella Eatery. Each of our other openings and events have paved the way for this.”

An executive chef and general manager, both yet to be named, will oversee the high-end food emporium’s 10 concepts and 10,000-square-foot kitchen. Isabella Eatery’s individual concepts will offer a mix of dine-in, carryout and specialty retail items. The space will include unified table service for several of the concepts in a nearly 300-seat common area, including versions of Yona, Requin and Pepita, as well as a cocktail bar and Spanish concept, Arroz. A version of Isabella’s Italian-inspired restaurant, Graffiato, a coffee shop, an ice cream parlor, and an enclosed Mediterranean grill will also be among the dining options. In addition to the common and enclosed dining areas, the food emporium will include lounge-style seats bringing total available seating across all concepts to about 600. Isabella Eatery will be open daily from 9am to 10pm, and Non-Fiction Coffee will begin serving cups of joe at 6am.


B Chord
Photo via B Chord Brewing Company

Thanks to all who forwarded this painful read – hoping B Chord Brewing Company prevails!

“how did it go yesterday? Terrible. Awful. Disturbing. All words that describe what is happening to us. Apparently we have become ground zero for the fight over farm breweries in Virginia and agriculture tourism in Loudoun County.

When I met with Loudoun County officials repeatedly in the Fall of last year to discuss my brewery plans they indicated that it was exactly what they had envisioned would be an idea Farm Brewery for Loudoun. The Loudoun Board Of Supervisors overwhelming voted to pass the zoning ordinances enabling Farm Breweries in January. They made the rules and they passed them. The Economic Development folks strongly encouraged us to proceed and offered any help they could bring. I worked closely with the Counties Economic Development Team, The Zoning Department and the Health Department to address issues and potential problems that they had learned about from some of the other breweries that have already opened. In fact, many of the County employees indicated to me that we were a “model for how this should go”. The County added us to the Go Loudoun brewery farm trail and publicly supported our Brewery along with the other already opened farm breweries. Plenty of politicians also indicated that they supported farm breweries and would be happy to see us open. A few visited the farm to show that support. Over the course of the summer we built a 1 acre hops yard growing 6 different hops varieties. We received lots of help both from the county and from the state with our initial hops plantings etc. We invested over $100K on site development work like grading, parking area and even a commercial septic system. We continued to built out or brewery and at the appropriate time we filled for our ABC Brewery license. We expected to be open by now.

Everything has now changed. (more…)